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LAITY. Those persons who do not make a part of the clergy. In the United States the division of the people into clergy and laity is not authorized by law, but is, merely conventional.

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Those who have heard the call to the Word of God, Rypma believes, through books such as hers, are more likely to grow in holiness and then go out into the world and live their lives as lay ministers practicing and living that holiness.
A GREATER use of lay ministers is among the topics for discussion as 700 members of Britain's United Reformed Church gather at the University of Warwick for a general assembly.
Frank Pavone with the enthusiastic support and encouragement of the late John Cardinal O'Connor to help Catholic clergy, lay ministers, and local pro-life leaders learn how to best present and articulate Pope John Paul II's call to re-establish a "Culture of Life" in America.
There is no telling how many gays and lesbians have consulted Exodus' referral service and submitted themselves to counseling by lay ministers who have themselves "overcome a homosexual past.
While attempts have been made to address the changed landscape, lay ministers still fall into what I consider not only a wage gap, but a lifetime resource gap.
When Bassett learned that the church wanted more lay ministers, she asked Smith about it but was also asking, "What would people say about an Indian being a lay minister?
Ministers: A Study in Emerging Leadership from the National Pastoral Life Center, the average age of lay ministers in the United States at the time was 64.
COTABATO CITY -- The Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a religious missionary group that has priests in the strife-torn province of Sulu, has asked the Moro National Liberation Front to help secure the release of one of its lay ministers and his wife who were abducted in Jolo town Sunday.
Today there are numerous lay Catholics who sacrifice time, talent, and treasure for the church, rendering services as eucharistic lay ministers, lectors, collectors, choir members, catechists, social workers.
As a result, today the faithful suffer from the proliferation of so-called lay ministers of Holy Communion, among other grotesque abuses".
Well, they all are ministers--in a unique ministry model in the Presbytery of Temiskaming, lay ministers lead small congregations, with the guidance of a Regional Minister.
They emphasize that, in the past, lay ministers functioned in a diaconal role, but without the "sacramental" ordination to the diaconate.